Transport in KaraikkudiKaraikudi became a well connected city in 1930. Its roadways and railways was rebuilt when it became a Grade 3 Municipality. Since 1973, the transport department is managed by the Municipality of Karaikudi. Previously, it was part of the Maruthupandiya Transport Corporation. Now it is the TNSTC-Karaikudi division, which falls under the Kumbakonam Transport Corporation. The Transport department in Karaikudi is extremely active. Every year a new budget train is extended into the city.
Road Transport in Karaikkudi
Road Transport in Karaikudi is developed, maintained and controlled by the Municipality, under the department of the Transport Corporation of Tamil Nadu. Sivagangai's only transport Corporation is located in Karaikudi. Out of which, the head office of TNSTC is located in Karaikudi.
The city is well connected by local buses. The Tranport Department of Karaikudi manages 650 buses. There are 11 depots in the city. However, locals believe that the number of the buses in the city should be increased to meet up with its growing needs. There are frequent buses to Trichy, Madurai and Pudukottai. Similarly, travellers to Ramesvaram can board the buses from Karaikudi. Recently, the government ordered new SETC buses to be introduced in Karaikudi. These buses are used to connect Karaikudi with Chennai and Coimbatore. The bus network toils and labors during both day and night time.
Karaikudi has two major Bus terminals, The Old Bus Stand and the New Bus Stand. The Old Bus Stand was also known as Rajaji Bus Stand. It is towards the south of Karaikudi. Buses from surrounding towns and villages like Thirumayam, Peerkalaikadu, Thirupathur, Devakottai, Rangiyam, Puduvayal, Kadiyapatti and Kallal terminate at the Old Bus Stand. Additionally, you will find buses to Bangalore, Coimbatore and Chennai from the Old Bus Stand. The New Bus Stand has buses to and from bigger cities like Pudukkottai, Palani, Theni, Trichy, Sivagangai, Ramanathapuram, Sivakasi, Madurai, Dindigul, Pattukottai, Erode, Thanjavur, Salem, and Tirupur.
Auto Rickshaws in KaraikkudiThere are lots of auto rickshaws in Karaikudi. These rickshaws prove to be a safer and cheaper mode of transport. Gone are the days when you had to bargain with auto drivers. Today, all of Karaikudi's auto rickshaws are metered. Before you get in, understand more about the tariff. The first 2 kms would be charged at Rs. 25.00, moving on every km travelled afterwards, would be charged at Rs. 8.00 per km.
Taxis and Cabs in KaraikkudiGenerally, tourists use rental cabs and taxis that would take them through the city. Karaikkudi has many cab services like Fast Track, Golden and NTL. These cab services are run by reliable drivers, who will take you to your destination in a hassle free order. The cab services have special packages, which would make you ride more organized. Charges acquired by Cab services in Karaikkudi are:
Tata Indica - Rs. 8.50 per km
Tata Indigo - Rs. 10.00 per km
Toyota Etios, Swift Dzire - Rs. 11.75 per km
Toyota Innova, Chevrolet Tavera, Mahindra Xylo - Rs. 12.00 per km
Ford Fiesta - Rs. 18.00 per km
Honda City - Rs. 23.00 per km
Toyota Corolla - Rs. 25.00 per km
Rail Transport in KaraikkudiKaraikudi has two major railway lines - Trichy/Rameshwaram and Karaikal/Quilon. The town has weekly trains to Varanasi, Puducherry, Kanyakumari and Bhubaneshwar. It has daily trains to Chennai and Rameshwaram. The new trains introduced in Karaikkudi are Pallavan express extended to Karaikudi (daily) and Rameswaram-Karaikudi-Coimbatore (weekly trains). The train from Rameswaram to Coimbatore, delights Karaikudi's people because it links them with business towns like Tirupur and Coimbatore.
Air Transport in KaraikkudiKaraikudi is close to two main airports in South India. This includes the Tiruchirapalli International Airport and Madurai Airport. The Tirchy and Madurai Airports have frequent flights to many international destinations. Moreover, tourists from different parts of the country should reach Karaikudi through these airports.
Distance from Tiruchirapalli International Airport to Karaikudi - 90 km
Distance from Madurai Airport to Karaikudi - 100 km
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